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Steve in Ottawa

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    Ottawa,, Ontario, Canada
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    Spitfires, big time
    1/48 RCAF and CAF aircraft
    Commonwealth WW II
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  1. 1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

    Is the roundel part done yet? I'm not seeing it the photos?
  2. 1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

    Hi Rich, Sadly, there's no Spitfire ale on tap here in Ottawa, but there are plenty of great pubs, along with a few brewpubs that produce their own products. PM me offline if you're looking for some recommendations for British-ish style pubs in town.
  3. 1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

    Hey Gary, LOL, yes it does come in sporadically through the LCBO, and I always pick up a dozen bottles or cans (whichever is on the shelf). My in-house stock is getting low so I'm on the hunt whenever we drop into a store somewhere.
  4. 1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

    I'm not sure if we in the Colonies fully understand the custom as is still stands in the UK, but I believe that an offer of something that resembles this beverage is appropriate in these situations: I'd be pleased as punch if you have time for a pint during Telford. First round is on me!
  5. 1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

    Okay, this may be a dumb question, but do you plan on weathering the model when you're done? I'm wondering if you feel there is any need for adding a wash to the panel lines and rivets, or does it meet your satisfaction just as it is? I'm very keen to see this model in Telford. I hope you won't mind if I do a 'selfie' photo with it...
  6. 1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

    For the roundel, I don't know that the colours would be the same as the pin-striping. Some RCAF markings back then were actual decals so it's quite possible that this Spitfire was adorned with this type of marking. In that case the blue and red shades would have been darker than the pin-striping When I first saw pictures of #80 I just automatically assumed that RCAF-issue decals had been used, simply because the blue and white ring proportions and leaf style looked 'right', and did not resemble some of those horrid representations of RCAF markings you used to see on old model decal sheets.
  7. Spitfire Beer Transport Tank Inscription

    It was Malcolm Laird who posted the photo on Facebook, and he indicated to me that it was also published in one of their 'Classic Warbirds' series of books. I haven't taken a dig in the personal library yet to see if I have the printed photo in the book, but Malcolm had indicated that this was the best quality image he had in his hands. Malcolm also indicated that the photo came from the collection of Johnny Checketts. Thanks to everybody for weighing in on this question. Good input and discussion, as always!
  8. Spitfire Beer Transport Tank Inscription

    If I zoom the enhanced photos in and out I want to think I see: 127. WING. WING COMMANDER FLYING 'Please Advise the Wing of the Delivery of this xxxxxxxx' (Wild A** Guess mode ON) Could that maybe be something like: 127. WING. WING COMMANDER FLYING 'Please Advise the Wing of the Delivery or the Return' I think it would likely be a simple 'standard procedure' message to whoever was handling the tank. No matter what state it was in, it was to get back into the hands of 127 Wing, where RCAF personnel would be trained and ready to deal with the tank's contents.
  9. Spitfire Beer Transport Tank Inscription

    Hey Graham, I think that inviting the handlers to evaluate the quality of the contents enroute would be ill-advised, especially if the Flt Sgt was out of sight. So I would lean away from that being a possibility. Aside from the poor quality of the image, I think what complicates this a little bit more is that the first two lines look like they were done by somebody with sign-painting experience with that style of lettering. The script lettering in the last two lines shows some variation (note the 'g' in Wing, for example), so some of the letters in the words may not be consistently applied.
  10. Spitfire Beer Transport Tank Inscription

    Good comments, thanks. Now I'm less convinced of my initial theory of the wording. So now I'm back to this level of reasonable certainty: 127. WING. WING COMMANDER FLYING xxxxx xxxxx xxWing of the Xxxxxx of xxxx xxxxx Based on the enhanced photo, it may be that the characters preceding 'Wing' were a number, like '52' or '92' but a Google search doesn't support that as being possible.
  11. Spitfire Beer Transport Tank Inscription

    This photo appeared on Facebook and the last line of the inscription is giving me fits trying to figure out what it says: 127. WING. WING COMMANDER FLYING Please Advise the Wing of the "Arrival of this Bxxxxx… "? of the "Delivery of this xxxxxx … "? of the "Officer of Unit Canteen… "? 127 Wing was an RCAF Spitfire Wing. I figure it would have to a very straightforward message to the groundcrew loading or unloading the tank, to show who owned the cargo and who was to be contacted upon arrival..., or delivery..., or something else. Does anybody have a better quality image of this shot, and/or do you know what this last line says?
  12. 1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

    To help settle the dust on this window thing I started up I dug through my own files on TZ138 and found photos showing that in its RCAF service the camera windows were covered over with that concave panel set-up on both sides, per the photo I dropped in of TZ198. The aircraft came over to Canada minus any camera gear, as the winter testing was not related to that equipment. Interesting that after it got painted silver that the starboard side camera window was uncovered. Hope I didn't add any stress to the discussion.
  13. 1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

    I've known that that there is a door with a window and an alternate door with that concave (?) fitting in place of the inset optical glass. Now I'm wondering the GMZ had this kind of door fitted after its RCAF use, or if there was another creative solution by the aircraft's civilian owner to modify the original FR door? Has anybody seen a good photo of the wartime non-glass panel for an FR.XIV? Again, let me say that this is a good constructive discussion and this in one of the reasons I enjoy the BM style of respectful debate. I have a future plan for a 1/48 TZ138 in its RCAF life on skis, and then as CF-FMZ as #80. This is all good stuff!
  14. 1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

    Good discussion as usual. Interesting that we're seeing different things in the reference photos. I'd love to see that area of the Thai aircraft from the same angles as the reference photos - it would an educational exercise in photo interpretation.
  15. 1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

    I dunno, Peter. From the four-shot photo spread I'm reading it as a 'flat' panel for the roundel area. The positioning of the roundel over the window seems to indicate that there was a defined area to place it upon. In the bottom left shot of the four it looks like it is inset against the fuselage skin, much like the Thai aircraft configuration. Just spitballing here. It's a tough call. On the original FR.XIV (vice the restoration photo at the top of this post) is the starboard camera window panel supposed to be the same or similar to the port one?